Mathematical Physics

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    Dr Nezihe Uzun obtained her PhD in Mathematical Physics at UC in 2016, for a thesis on quasilocal energy in general relativity. This was followed by postdoctoral positions at Charles University, Prague, Czechia, and the Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France.



The theories of physics are written in the language of mathematics. Ever since the days of Galileo and Newton, the concepts of physics have also inspired the development of new fields of mathematics. This is still the case today. As we push forward the frontiers of understanding fundamental ideas about the innermost workings of particles, the extremes of black holes, or the origin of the Universe, we are continually confronted by having to invent new mathematics.

An education in theoretical physics will give you a deep conceptual understanding of how things work, and how the universe fits together. It will also give you the skills to think from first principles, and to express that thinking analytically in mathematical models. Those skills are highly sought after not only in fundamental research but also in the worlds of industry, finance, education, and the public service.

Dr Rua Murray, Mathematics lecturer


Our modern society is underpinned by many mathematical results and insights. Mathematics is a living subject with new ideas, techniques, and theorems constantly ...

Jenni Adams, Physics


What type of student might consider a Physics degree? As a child, famous UC alumnus Ernest Rutherford was intrigued by seeing a stick apparently bend when ...